U.S.S. Arizona-U.S.S. Missouri: From Tragedy To Victory - Special Edition
The symbolism is undeniable. On one end is the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial, a few hundred yards away is the USS Missouri. These two battleships, at rest in Pearl Harbor, represent the beginning and the end of WWII.
The USS Arizona (BB-39), is the symbol of the start of America's war in the Pacific. On December 7th, 1941, she was torn apart by an armor-piercing bomb in Japan's sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. In less than 9 minutes the magnificent battleship sank, entombing more than 900 servicemen.
In 1945, aboard the deck of the USS Missouri (BB-63), General Douglas MacArthur, along with Japanese dignitaries solemnly signed the treaty of surrender ending WWII. The USS Missouri (nicknamed "Mighty Mo") continued to serve her country in two other wars.
This video is the heroic story of the USS Missouri and the USS Arizona - One proudly afloat, the other tragically below the calm waters of the Pacific Ocean. One cannot fail to be deeply moved by their historic significance and emotional symbolism.